MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 800 this week

Quartet (2012)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  1 March 2013 (USA)
6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 11,870 users   Metascore: 64/100
Reviews: 116 user | 172 critic | 36 from Metacritic.com

At a home for retired musicians, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean, an eternal diva and the former wife of one of the residents.

Director:

Writers:

(play), (screenplay)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $9.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 48 titles
created 10 Jan 2013
 
a list of 25 titles
created 02 May 2013
 
a list of 29 titles
created 16 Jun 2013
 
a list of 24 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Quartet" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Quartet (2012)

Quartet (2012) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Quartet.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.

Director: John Madden
Stars: Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith
Quartet (1981)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Marya finds herself penniless after her art dealer husband, Stephan, is convicted of theft. Marya accepts the hospitality of a strange couple, H.J. and Lois Heidler, who lets her live in their house.

Director: James Ivory
Stars: Alan Bates, Maggie Smith, Isabelle Adjani
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A Women's Institute chapter's fundraising effort for a local hospital by posing nude for a calendar becomes a media sensation.

Director: Nigel Cole
Stars: Helen Mirren, Julie Walters, Penelope Wilton
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Grumpy pensioner Arthur honors his recently deceased wife's passion for performing by joining the unconventional local choir to which she used to belong, a process that helps him build bridges with his estranged son, James.

Director: Paul Andrew Williams
Stars: Terence Stamp, Gemma Arterton, Christopher Eccleston
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Members of a world-renowned string quartet struggle to stay together in the face of death, competing egos and insuppressible lust.

Director: Yaron Zilberman
Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A headstrong young teacher in a private school in 1930s Edinburgh ignores the curriculum and influences her impressionable 12 year old charges with her over-romanticized world view.

Director: Ronald Neame
Stars: Maggie Smith, Gordon Jackson, Robert Stephens
Hope Springs (2012)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

After thirty years of marriage, a middle-aged couple attends an intense, week-long counseling session to work on their relationship.

Director: David Frankel
Stars: Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Steve Carell
Drama | Music | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Two sisters befriend a mysterious foreigner who washes up on the beach of their 1930's Cornish seaside village.

Director: Charles Dance
Stars: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Daniel Brühl
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Bobby Swanson
Gwyneth Jones ...
Anne Langley (as Dame Gwyneth Jones)
...
George
...
Harry
...
Frank White
...
Nobby
Patricia Loveland ...
Letitia Davis
...
Angelique
...
Simon
Edit

Storyline

Cecily, Reggie, and Wilfred are in a home for retired musicians. Every year, on October 10, there is a concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday and they take part. Jean, who used to be married to Reggie, arrives at the home and disrupts their equilibrium. She still acts like a diva, but she refuses to sing. Still, the show must go on... and it does. Written by BrianoftheNorth

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Every diva deserves an encore. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and suggestive humor | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| |

Release Date:

1 March 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cuatro notas de amor  »

Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$47,122 (USA) (11 January 2013)

Gross:

$18,381,787 (USA) (21 June 2013)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Maggie Smith also starred in another film named Quartet (1981) about 31 years earlier. However, the only similarities between the two movies are the title and Smith. See more »

Goofs

When Reggie and Wilf are playing croquet, the film seems to flip as the hankie in Reggie's jacket pocket swaps sides and also his shirt buttons up the opposite way. See more »

Quotes

Jean: Make up your mind, dear.
See more »

Crazy Credits

As the final credits roll, photos of each of the supporting cast members of retired musicians is shown beside a picture of them during their performing careers. See more »

Connections

References Tosca's Kiss (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Military Minuet
from the third movement of Symphony 100 ("The Military")
Written by Joseph Haydn
From "Piano Time Pieces 3" with clarinet obbligato by Colin Bradbury (after Haydn)
Arranged by Pauline Hall
Performed by Esme Penry-Davey and Colin Bradbury
© Oxford University Press 1989
Licensed by Oxford University Press
All rights reserved
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A sure-footed and moving debut.
3 December 2012 | by (North Hollywood, CA) – See all my reviews

There are two obvious reasons to see this film. One is that it's Dustin Hoffman's directing debut. The other is that any film with Billy Connolly, Tom Courtenay, Maggie Smith and Michael Gambon is very unlikely to be less than very good.

As it turns out, the film - set in a retirement home for classical musicians - is simply perfect: touching and amusing from the start, with generous but judicious doses of lovely music, shifting gears in an in-obtrusively sure-footed way. Billy Connolly (who was once a presence in my local hang-out) is about as close to his real self here as in any part I've seen him play: ribald, mischievous and large-hearted; the shameless jokester and flirt you nonetheless know you can always depend on. Courtenay is heart-rendingly endearing from the start, in the most quiet, under-stated way. Maggie Smith shows far more range than her now- stock Grande Dame parts usually allow her, including an unaccustomed vulnerability and a charming exercise, at one moment, of calculated yet shy girlish charm.

As one would expect from a director who is a great actor himself, the palette of characters here is vividly and colorfully incarnated by actors who are often memorable even in the most minor parts.

The music is both respectfully and affectionately integrated throughout, moving from noble classical pieces to a cheerful bit of music hall. And is paid a surprising homage in the credits, which continue the film's nod to age and accomplishment well past its not very surprising but still satisfying end.

Very few viewers, by the way, will sense the echos here - but no more - of a lovely French film from 1935 about a retirement home for actors: "La Fin du Jour":

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0031309/combined

Ronald Harwood ("The Pianist", "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly", etc) tells a very different story, but anyone who enjoys this one and understands enough French should certainly seek out the older film (with the great Michel Simon).


41 of 50 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Very disappointed mackem-679-45082
Tom Courtenay beebell
Verdi and the home for retired opera singers AlbaITA
This was an utterly charming film, flawlessly done etiennestories
A question about the staff physician nsnces
Release Date Maggie_Mcgonagall
Discuss Quartet (2012) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?